1977 Baseball Abstract by Bill James: a short review

Bill’s first book. A pale precursor of the early-eighties books–Bill thought the numbers would speak for themselves, mostly–but interesting all the same.

After January 2011 reread: Above comment stands. Most of the book contains then-unusual breakdowns and breakouts–monthly player stats, steal prevention effectiveness for pitchers and catchers, team age. More interesting, at least at this point, are his explorations of umpiring patterns (little difference, except for a couple outliers) and some early musings about evaluating fielding. Interesting, but really very early work.

This short review was originally published on LibraryThing.

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